By Press Release
After serving 42 years as an educator, Malcolm Kuykendall, Superintendent of Tishomingo County Special Municipal Separate School District, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2012.
Superintendent Kuykendall is currently the 2012 Mississippi Superintendent of the Year. He has served as Superintendent for the previous six years. During his tenure as superintendent, Tishomingo County School District has ranked as one of the top academic districts in the state.
When asked about Mr. Kuykendall’s Retirement Announcement, Board President Michael Puckett stated, “Mr. Kuykendall has poured his heart into his responsibilities as Superintendent. Our school district has achieved great things under his leadership. We are academically one of the top districts in Mississippi and we are financially sound for the future.”
Under the new rigor required by the state over the last four years, Tishomingo County School District’s QDI, growth, graduation rate, drop-out rate, academic scholarships, etc. have ranked among the very top. The district has had multiple building projects that Superintendent Kuykendall has led the district through. Although the nation is experiencing the greatest recession since the Great Depression, Superintendent Kuykendall has managed the finances so that there have been little or no layoffs. The district is operating on a safe financial structure.
Superintendent Kuykendall also served as a principal and assistant principal eleven years at Belmont School prior to becoming superintendent. He had been selected as Tishomingo County School District Principal of the Year. He also served as Mississippi State Coordinator for six of those years.
Kuykendall also coached high school basketball for 25 years. Twelve of those years his teams played for the Mississippi High School Basketball State Championship, winning eight. He has been inducted into the Mississippi Coaches Hall of Fame, the Delta State University Coached Hall of Fame, and the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He was selected Coach of the Year eight times and chosen to coach the North Boys All-Star Game in 1977, the North Girls All-Star Game in 1986, and the Mississippi Girls’ coach for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game in 1991.
Kuykendall stated, “I have loved serving as Superintendent of Tishomingo County School District the last six years, but I feel that I owe it to my family to make this decision to retire”. Kuykendall has worked in Tishomingo County for the last 30 years. He stated that he is very appreciative of the great School Board and the wonderful employees of this great district.
The School Board of Tishomingo County School District will begin the search process for Superintendent Kuykendall’s successor immediately.